Hamilton Cast Read Alongs

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is excited to extend Hamilton Cast Read Alongs, a program that features Hamilton cast members reading award-winning children’s books followed by a discussion of the history behind the story led by Gilder Lehrman Master Teacher Keisha Rembert.

The goal of this course is to give students an educational and literary experience once a week with members of the theater community. It is an interactive way to hear their favorite stories or new stories. 

Key Information

  • Read Along recordings will be posted once a week for eight weeks on this page. 
  • The first Read Along will be posted on March 12, 2021.
  • Read Alongs will be posted by 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 p.m. PT on Friday of each week. 
  • Read Alongs have an estimated weekly commitment of 30 minutes. No additional reading or work is required.

Intended Audience

Read Alongs are for elementary school students who wish to interact with Hamilton cast members and learn more about American history. Families and caregivers are also welcome to participate.

Class Schedule and registration

Each session is a stand-alone program. There is no need to register.

View Read Along Sessions Here 

Week 1

Posted March 12

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Read by Javier Muñoz (Alexander Hamilton, Broadway)

Week 2

Posted March 19

Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story by Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Read by Jordana Grolnick (Ensemble, North American Tour)

Week 3

Posted March 26

Barbed Wire Baseball: How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII by Marissa Moss and Yuko Shimizu (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

Read by Kendyl Yokoyama (Ensemble, North American Tour)

Week 4 

Posted April 2

Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung and Chris Sasaki (Penguin Random House)

Read by Preston Mui (George Eacker, Broadway)

Week 5

Posted April 9

A Fist for Joe Louis and Me by Trinka Hakes Noble and Nicole Tadgell (Sleeping Bear Press)

Read by Darnell Abraham (George Washington, North American Tour)

Week 6

Posted April 16

Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence by Gretchen Woelfle and Alix Delinois

Read by Meecah (Principal Standby, North American Tour)

Week 7

Posted April 23

A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent by Anne Rockwell and Floyd Cooper

Read by Bryson Bruce (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, North American Tour)

Week 8 

Posted April 30

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball by Jen Bryant and Frank Morrison

Read by Colby Lewis (Principal Standby, North American Tour)

Order Hamilton Cast Read Along books at the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Book Shop.

Meet Your Teacher

Keisha Rembert is the 2019 Illinois History Teacher of the Year. She’s also a lifelong learner and Assistant Professor of Teacher Preparation at National Louis University. Before entering teacher education, Keisha spent over fifteen years teaching middle school English and history in the Chicagoland area. In 2019, Keisha was also named the Outstanding Middle-Level English Educator by the National Council of Teachers of English. Her passion for equity, social justice, youth literature, and historical understanding and activism coalesce in her service on several boards and as an active member of numerous national organizations. Her work with the Institute has included her role as a master teacher and instructor for the History School course The Paradox of Liberty.

Please email hamilton@gilderlehrman.org with any questions about the course.